Lenzie schools are top of the pops for placing requests

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PARENTS are plumping for Lenzie Academy and Lenzie Moss Primary more than any other schools.

That’s the message from this year’s list of placing requests at East Dunbartonshire schools.

The Lenzie schools have proved to be the most popular with parents inside and outwith the local authority, notching up 131 requests between them for the 2011/12 term.

Lenzie Academy topped the secondary schools list after receiving 103 requests, an increase of 11 on its 2010/11 total, while Lenzie Moss was first in the primary poll with 28 applications, up almost 65 per cent on last year’s figure of 17.

Local councillor Gillian Renwick said: “It’s fantastic news that these schools are so popular.

“It goes to show just how good they are and how their reputations are reaching far and wide, making people want to come to them.”

There had been fears the two schools would struggle to cope with even more placing requests in future because of the new housing development at the former Woodilee Hospital site.

However, East Dunbartonshire Council says the majority of the new development will be zoned to Kirkintilloch schools.

Sandy McGarvey, head of integrated support – community services at the council, said: “The majority of the Woodilee development is zoned to Kirkintilloch High and some of its associated primary schools. Part of it is zoned to Lenzie Academy and Lenzie Primary, but none of the development is zoned to Lenzie Moss Primary.

“St Ninian’s High and Holy Family Primary will provide denominational provision within the area.

“As in any other situation, the availability for placing requests will depend on a variety of factors, including parental choice.”

Meanwhile, other schools also proved popular in the 2011/12 placements poll.

St Ninian’s High in Kirkintilloch received 21 requests, with Millersneuk Primary and Oxgang Primary notching up 19 and 21 respectively.

Bishopbriggs Academy came second in the secondary schools list with 33 requests and Woodhill and St Matthew’s secured silver and bronze in the primary poll with 26 and 25 applications respectively.

East Dunbartonshire Council granted 95 per cent of the 795 requests received for next term.

Refusals were due to concerns about pressure on accommodation, the educational well-being of pupils and to ensure places were reserved for pupils who move into the catchment area.